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Analyzing Each Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Forward Fighting for 2015-16 NHL Job

August 4th, 2015
Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis has given a massive vote of confidence to the team's cast of prospects by leaving at least one NHL forward spot open entering training camp. Instead of drawing from a still-substantial pool of free-agent wingers, it appears likely that the 'Canes will enter September with ...

Carolina Hurricanes Face Shortage of Right-Handed Forwards

July 14th, 2015
Elias Lindholm and Riley Nash. Above is the entire list of Carolina Hurricanes forwards who shoot right-handed—a mere two out of 11. As the discussion surrounding whether Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis will or will not make another signing or trade this offseason carries along, the vast imbalance in the team's current ...

Noah Hanifin Takes Risk by Signing Contract with Carolina Hurricanes

July 11th, 2015
When Noah Hanifin inked his name to a stack of papers in front of several thousand Carolina Hurricanes fans on Saturday, he not only signed his first NHL contract but also signed a goodbye to his NCAA career at Boston College. Hanifin, the Hurricanes' No. 5 overall selection in this summer's ...

Free-Agent Options Remain for Carolina Hurricanes After Patient Start to July

July 2nd, 2015
After a draft weekend of feverish activity surrounding the Carolina Hurricanes, the first two days of the NHL's free-agency period have passed without a single out-of-town addition. General manager Ron Francis has stayed out of an unrestricted free-agent market laden with green, instead merely re-signing third-line center Riley Nash and inking ...

NHL Free Agency 2015: 5 Potential Targets for the Carolina Hurricanes

June 30th, 2015
The Carolina Hurricanes have executed a clearinghouse in June to position the team for a few free agency tweaks in July. Via trades at the NHL draft last weekend, general manager Ron Francis created a dual-starter situation in goal with Cam Ward and Eddie Lack and added a veteran top-four defenseman ...

Strengths and Weaknesses of Every Carolina Hurricanes 2015 Draft Pick

June 28th, 2015
The Carolina Hurricanes added nine new prospects to the organization during the 2015 NHL draft, ranging from highly touted No. 5 overall selection Noah Hanifin to virtually unknown No. 186 pick Steven Lorentz. The eventual success of each of these prospects is far from guaranteed. While more than 96 percent of ...

Carolina Hurricanes Capitalize Beautifully with Lack, Wisniewski Acquisitions

June 27th, 2015
Ron Francis and the Carolina Hurricanes converted two mediocre draft picks into a goaltender upgrade and a top-pairing defenseman during Saturday's NHL draft. The larceny was committed by identifying talented, valuable players stuck on teams with no need for them—and jumping on the opportunities. At 10 a.m., the Hurricanes acquired goaltender Eddie ...

Carolina Hurricanes Pick Noah Hanifin: Analysis of ‘Canes No. 5 Selection

June 26th, 2015
The Carolina Hurricanes' selection of Noah Hanifin with the No. 5 pick solidifies their cast of defensive prospects as one of the best in the NHL. Hanifin joins Haydn Fleury and Ryan Murphy as former top 12 overall selections developing in the Carolina system. Three players picked in the third or fourth ...

Carolina Hurricanes Must Convert Quantity into Quality in 2015 NHL Draft

June 22nd, 2015
The Carolina Hurricanes currently hold 10 picks in this weekend's 2015 NHL draft, the most selections they've owned in a single draft since 1998. If the team's drafting trends of the 17 years since then hold true once again, however, that mass of picks will soon begin to fade slowly into ...

Breaking Down What Recent Signings Will Bring to Carolina Hurricanes

June 16th, 2015
Two weeks remain until the official start of the 2015 NHL free-agency period, but the Carolina Hurricanes have already signed three players to their first NHL contracts so far in June. Recent draft picks Tyler Ganly and Lucas Wallmark, as well as European hockey veteran Derek Ryan, have been inked by ...